Nevada Release


After finding itself in a hole early, the Nevada softball team climbed back to take down the Colorado State Rams on Friday evening by a score of 5-4. With the win, the Wolf Pack improves to 24-19 on the season and 9-7 during Mountain West play.

Senior McKenna Isenberg tossed her 16th complete game of the season, allowing seven hits and just three earned runs in the process. She retired the Rams (13-18, 8-11 MW) in order in the top of the seventh, striking out two of the final three batters she faced.

Offensively, the Pack was led by juniors Aaliyah Gibson and Erika Hansen, who each went 2-for-3 in the game. Gibson connected on her second home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth, which tied the score a four a piece.

The Rams jumped out to an early lead, holding a 2-0 advantage after the top of the first, but Nevada fought back with a run of its own to stay within striking distance. With senior Raquel Martinez starting the offense with a leadoff single to centerfield, Gibson brought her around to score later in the inning for the Pack’s first run of the game.

In the third inning, Colorado State tacked on another run to push its lead back to a pair, however Nevada responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at three a side. After freshman Sienna Swain started a string of three-straight hits for the Pack, Hansen doubled her to third, which allowed freshman Kenzi Goins to bring home both runners with a single up the middle.

Colorado State took the lead once again in the top half of the fourth, after a run off of two hits gave the Rams a 4-3 advantage. The Pack didn’t shy away the challenge though as the team fought back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to claim its first lead of the game, 5-4.

After Gibson recorded Nevada’s fourth run of the game with her long ball, sophomore Alyssa Mendez singled to centerfield, giving senior Nikki Orozco the opportunity to drive home Mendez with a base-knock of her own. The one-run lead the Pack held for the final two innings was all that Isenberg needed to seal the 5-4 win for the Nevada.

The Pack will be back in Hixson Park on Saturday for Jayme King Day in the second game of the three-game series against the Rams. First pitch for that matchup is slated for 1 p.m. PT.